Intel Core i3-4160 vs Intel Core i7-3540M

Compare Intel 4th Generation Core i3 2 core CPU vs Intel Core 2 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

17 %
Identical
17 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

33 %
10% slightly better gaming score
30 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

13 %
Identical
13 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

13 %
8% slightly better heavy workload score
12 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

1,716
19% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
1,437

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

793
24% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
639

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

2
Identical
2

Threads

Number of logical processing units

4
Identical
4

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
20% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

54 W
35 W
54% significantly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
Identical
32 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

886th of 1,337
907th of 1,337

Family

The product line

4th Generation Core i3
Core

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2014
February 2013

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR3-1333
DDR3-1333

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

Yes
No

Core i3-4160 vs Core i7-3540M comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i3-4160 is faster than the Core i7-3540M. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-3540M in all gaming tests too.

Info from our database shows that they both have the same core count and the same number of threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i3-4160 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-3540M. The Core i7-3540M outputs less heat than Core i3-4160 thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Core i3-4160 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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